Junior footballers represent Port Pirie at carnivals

Footballers of the Port Pirie Junior Football Association have been busy with representative football. Members of Port Pirie’s SAPSASA team played a team from Port Augusta at half-time of the North Adelaide FC and the Adelaide FC clash at Prospect Oval on Saturday May 27.

The boys enjoyed the experience and were well looked after by the North Adelaide Football Club. The first of a series of PPJFA and Spencer Gulf League representative games commenced with the Under-14 North Adelaide carnival games played in Whyalla on Sunday June 4. In this annual event Pirie’s U14 team competes against sides from Port Augusta, Whyalla and Northern Areas. Brett Perry was the coach of the 2017 side. Pirie struggled to be competitive in their three games. Most of the team will be eligible next year and will benefit from the experience.

From the carnival, a North Adelaide U14 country team is selected to play the North Adelaide City team. Congratulations to Arkiel Enalanga and Kurtlee Buzzacott (both from  Solomontown Football Club) who were selected for the country team. The following weekend, in Whyalla on Saturday June 10, the SGL Under-15 took on Whyalla and then on Monday June 12 the Port Pirie U15 team participated in the U15 North Adelaide country trials in Port Augusta. The SGL U15 side defeated Whyalla’s U15 team 10.7 67 to 6.7. 43.

Pirie was represented by Jamison Murphy, Jai Thornton, Flynn Bullen, Jake Walsh, Luke Lane (all Port Football Club), Thomas Castle, Mason Foster (both Solomontown Football Club) Bailey Congdon and Baylee Sparks (both Prop/Risdon Football Club). All the Pirie players made valued contributions during the game but Jamison Murphy and Jai Thornton were very consistent performers throughout.  The team was coached by Corey McKenzie from Port Augusta. Pirie’s representatives then formed the basis for the PPJFA U15 team to play in the U15 North Adelaide country trials on Monday June 12. The team performed creditably defeating Port Augusta comfortably, but lost to both Whyalla and the eventual carnival winner Northern Area in two competitive games. The team was coached by Jarrad Davies.

From the carnival, Jamison Murphy, Flynn Bullen, Jai Thornton (all Port Football Club), Thomas Castle, Shamus Highfold and Arkiel Enalanga (all Solomontown Football Club) were selected to represent North Adelaide U15 Country Team. This team will firstly play North Adelaide U15 Metro Zone on Thursday June 13 at Port Oval and then be involved in the U15 Intra-State Championships in Adelaide from Tuesday July 18 until Friday July 21. Friday is the U15 grand final of the championship. The PPJFA wishes all the boys selected in both the U14 North Adelaide and U15 North Adelaide country teams every success. U14 and U17 SGL teams will soon be announced to compete against the North Eastern Football League to be played on Saturday July 8. The U14 and U17 teams will be coached respectively by Corey McKenzie and Rob Ashton (both from Port Augusta).

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